This post is very different from my others.  Mostly because it has the opportunity to develop with time.  You already know how I feel about words.  They are powerful.  And in our lives we get a slew of them (some by choice, some a natural byproduct of life) which contribute to a wide variety of responses.  So when you can help it, choosing to let your mind bathe in truth and wisdom and general outpourings of hope and brilliance is welcoming nourishment and refreshment like little else.  We all have the opportunity to pour into our Bibles – THE WORD of life; but my goal to is offer additional life-giving, truth-telling sources we might not all have discovered for quick and easy reference on those days you could use some snippets of inspiration.  I encourage you to comment with your favorite quotes or to send them to me at your discretion.  Without further adieu…

“The qualities of leadership are universal: they are found in the poor and rich, the humble and the proud, the common individual and the brilliant, they are qualities that suggest paradox rather than pattern. But whenever found, leadership makes things happen.”

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What!  You too?  I though that no one but myself…”

– C.S. Lewis

The truth is like a lion.  You don’t have to defend it.  Let it loose.  It will defend itself.”

St. Augustine

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belong to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

–Theodore Roosevelt, 1910 speech at the Sorbonne, “The Man in the Arena”

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.”

-Charles Kendall Adams

“There is no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

-General George C. Marshall

“The myth that we have to choose between telling the truth and keeping a friend is a the heart of dysfunction.”

Joseph Grenny

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”

Francis Chan 

“Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

The more you fight a feeling, the more it controls you.  Don’t resist it, replace it.

Rick Warren

 “We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

– Sam Keen

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”C.S. Lewis

“God whispers to us in our pleasures speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  – C.S. Lewis